We are excited to introduce the 2019 SEA-PLM Secretariat team who will be working together to support the Regional Steering Committee in coordination of all SEA-PLM activities. As its core function the Secretariat is responsible for planning, programming and implementing the SEA-PLM work plan as approved by the Regional Steering Committee, and in collaboration with countries and key partners.
Antoine Marivin joins us as the new SEA-PLM Manager. He brings with him a high level of technical expertise in managing regional assessment programmes. For the past ten years, he worked with the Conference of Ministers of Education of Francophone States and Governments (CONFEMEN) on the PASEC regional assessment, which has been implemented in 15 countries around the world. Through that work, he also supported the implementation of national assessments in Cambodia and Lao PDR. He will now be based in Bangkok and lead UNICEF's contributions to the SEAPLM Secretariat, with a particular focus on managing implementation, providing technical oversight, quality assuring key outputs and contributing to the next steps for SEAPLM.
Freyja Dixon joins the team as the new SEA-PLM Coordinator. She brings with her five years of strong programme coordination experience from a wide range of development agencies. Most recently, she has worked in Lao PDR on primary teacher training, curriculum development and adult education. She will also be based in Bangkok at SEAMEO Secretariat and will coordinate SEAMEO's contributions to SEA-PLM, with a particular focus on supporting implementation, coordinating activities and outputs and overseeing communications around SEA-PLM.
SEAMEO Secretariat and UNICEF teams will continue to work closely together to support the SEA-PLM Secretariat. Dr. Gatot, Dr. Ethel and Dr. Orawan will continue to lead SEA-PLM on behalf of SEAMEO Secretariat. On the UNICEF side, Francisco Benavides, the Regional Education Advisor, and Erin Tanner, who is a new Education Specialist at the UNICEF EAPRO team, will continue to oversee the management of SEAPLM.
SEA-PLM Secretariat looks forward to a collaborative and productive year ahead of working together with the Regional Steering Committee, countries and key partners to achieve the completion of SEA-PLM 2019 data collection and preparation for the launching of first assessment results in 2020.